Category Archive: The Providence School

Aug 20

The Providence School wrestles with temperature, maintenance issues in old buildings as staff hope for full-scale renovation

The stone Roberts Wing of The Providence School in Wilmore held students for class Tuesday with new windows installed over the summer. The 1938 building is the oldest still in use as a public school in Jessamine County and had problems with temperature control last year before the window work and replacement of heating and air-conditioning units. (Photo by Jonathan Kleppinger)

A lot has changed over the years at 210 S. Lexington Ave. in Wilmore. A school that once housed all of the city’s students from youngest to oldest has seen buildings, names and student populations come and go over eight decades. The campus has once again housed students of all different ages at separate times …

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Aug 06

The Fab Five: Jessamine County’s freshman principals are anything but inexperienced

Jessamine County's five newest principals posed for a photo in the East Jessamine High School gymnasium in July, mimicking the University of Michigan's famous "Fab Five" photo from the early 1990s. In the basket is Warner Elementary's Kim Brockman; from left in front are Providence's Charlanne Pook, East Jessamine Middle's James Botts, West Jessamine High's Scott Wells and Jessamine Early Learning Village's Gina Bernard. (Photo by Jonathan Kleppinger)

It was a year of historic turnover for Jessamine County principals, with retirements, promotions and interim principals all around. When the dust settled, five schools had hired new principals who will start their first full year Aug. 13. These five freshman principals bear little resemblance to the University of Michigan’s “Fab Five” of early-’90s college- …

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Jul 23

Providence School alumni raise money for family of former student killed in crash

The family of The Providence School in Jessamine County banded together in memory of a former student this month, raising money to help with funeral expenses and get toys to needy children this winter. Steven Hibbard died along with his wife and three children June 26 when their station wagon collided head-on with a van …

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Jun 25

Providential: Adams retires after 32-year Jessamine County education career that included 12 years building The Providence School

It was the early 1980s, and Denise Bailey had a teaching degree and no leads on jobs. Applications at 57 schools across the south had failed to yield even one interview, and Bailey had settled back into her hometown of Wilmore working two jobs as a waitress and a factory chemical assistant. She thought perhaps …

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Jun 12

COLUMN: It’s time to take the labels off The Providence School

Jonathan Kleppinger Jessamine Journal managing editor One of my 11-month-old daughter’s favorite games is emptying boxes. When I set her down next to a bin of toys, she begins methodically scattering the blocks, balls and books, tossing one left, one right, one left, one right, and creating a debris field that reaches the Central time …

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